Posts Tagged ‘twitter’


10 Ways You Could Be Blowing It on Twitter (Christian)

christians online, Twitter, sharing Jesus onlineDo nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. ~Philippians 2:3-4, NIV

by Toni Birdsong
I saw a tweet this week that inspired this post. It said: “I’m disappointed my Twitter following isn’t growing. My resolution is to work on this in 2011.” I had watched this person. He was a Christian tweeter who had been on Twitter for nearly two years and still didn’t have a clue about community or engagement. I wanted to take him out for coffee and kindly help him out . . . but he wasn’t following me back so I couldn’t send him a Direct Message. Go figure.

So, my friend (and others like you), here’s why people may not enjoy engaging with you on Twitter and tips on how to turn that around:

  1. You don’t notice other people. It’s all about “my new post,” “my beliefs,” “my thoughts.” Tip: Listen to others, respond to their ideas, post on their blogs. In short: Get over yourself.
  2. You digitally strut. That’s right. You either strut your position, title, or your all-around awesomeness. Tip: Dial back the “me,” focus on the “we.” (We are the body of Christ).

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tweets that wreck you

I am CompelledFor Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.

II Corinthians 5:14, NIV

Is it possible for a series of tweets to wreck you? Absolutely.

It was January of 2010 when David Landrith, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist, released the twitter stream from the earthquake crumbled streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti which ultimately altered my life-forever.

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Live Sticky: what it means and why it matters

At least once a week we get a direct message or a comment like this: “Sticky Jesus? I just don’t get it,” or we get the quick but stern “that’s disrespectful.” Thankfully, about 8 times out of 10 we get “brilliant, I love it!”

This week we’re all about how to #LiveSticky online; what it means, why you should care, and how your decision to #LiveSticky can impact the landscape of eternity.

We chose the title of our book, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online very carefully. No other title would do, because no other mission mattered as much. To Live Sticky (#LiveSticky) is a challenge issued to all Christ followers engaging online that they reflect the heart and character of Christ. It’s the biblical charge that our words, lives, and digital interactions transcend—and transform—the 24/7 chatter and turn people’s hearts to the things of God. It’s a call to stand for Christ in a culture that is falling for everything.

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listening to others online: can you hear me now?

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. – Philippians 1:9-10, NKJV

Listening is one of the deepest acts of love you can extend to another person.

Few people really listen anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a lost part of our cultural heritage, like playing board games or writing letters. We talk about this topic quite a bit in @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online because it’s a critical part of sharing the gospel (online or off).

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7 reasons Christians should ‘just say no’ to social networks (not!)

by Toni Birdsong

Okay, now that we’ve got your attention: Here are some eye-popping stats that affirm exactly WHY Christians NEED to be speaking into the online conversation . . . and a little humor (in red) to help you stay mission-focused.

Here we go!

1. More than 500 million people are on Facebook.* More than 175 million are on Twitter and YouTube attracts more than 2 billion people a day. This patch of virtual land is prime real estate where our collective psyche now lives. It’s where the enemy finds unlimited joy  multiplying lies, division, and confusion—at warp speed. So, just say no: We can’t stop this train and no one is listening anyway. Why not just let the enemy have that whole digital, cyberspace thingy? (Oh, and pass the remote, while you’re at it—The Bachelor is coming on!)

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potluck friday: 5 fab men to follow

For our potluck Friday post, we’re keeping it simple . . . real simple. This list could go on for a mile but we are going to start the discussion by posting 5 #FF peope online we appreciate. If you do the same in the comment section, by the end of the day, our mutual communities will be infused with more light, more wisdom, and more truth. If you use the Follow Friday opportunity effectively, this is a great way to build a very targeted community that you can trust, learn from, and swap resources and knowledge with.

This #FF list applies to Twitter but we highly recommend you friend them on Facebook, “like” their fan pages, or drop by to comment on their blogs. You’ll be blessed.

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giving thx 4 twitter

It doesn’t take you long to gather that people use Twitter in a variety of ways. Some use it as a marketing tool, as e-mail, as conversation among business teams at conferences, and as a texting channel in small groups. It’s easy to jump into the flow of the conversation and find your voice here. You can use the search box on the right side column to type in key words of topics that interest you. More than likely, you will find a conversation out there that you feel comfortable joining.

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finding focus in the follower frenzy

We marvel as we daily unpack all the Gospel-sharing possibilities online for today’s Christ follower. While the communication methods have radically changed, the end game hasn’t. The God-given expectation to share His Truth and extend the invitation to others remains constant. In the beginning, the first followers leveraged whatever platform was available and they were never confused about their orders or the cost. Paul’s words demonstrate this perspective:

God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself,
but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for Him.
And He didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own,
lest the powerful action at the center – Christ on the Cross – be trivialized into mere words.”

I Corinthians 1:17

Paul kept it real and all about Jesus. In a time when our media is buzzing with ‘who are you following and who is following you’ Christ followers have to be committed to The Source, charge, and purpose. Paul got it and we need to get it too. As we roll forward we want to stay center to the road.

On this site, we are setting our hearts toward how we can:

LEARN FROM CHRIST: Jesus Christ was the Master of gathering followers, connecting, building community and impacting lives. He came to not only save us — but to show us how to live. We want to go there with you and be fully immersed in the authenticity and eternal relevance of our Lord.

BE TRANSFORMED: Being a Christ follower online takes a different kind of vulnerability and discipline. Let’s face it — spiritual maturation is a lifelong journey. It’s about change from the inside out. It’s not just about what we are called to do, but also what He is doing in us as we follow where He leads. In God’s economy, you can’t live and love like Him without it splashing back and changing you.

DEMYSTIFY SOCIAL MEDIA: It’s time to leverage the mission field at our fingertips. We don’t claim to know all the answers to all the questions of a medium that changes rapidly every day. But God is faithful to give us just what we need when we need it. We want to remove the veil and help every Christ follower to jump in and communicate with impact. As Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to come alongside us —we too want to come alongside others that have a passion to reach the world for Christ through the powerful medium of social networking. No mystery, no big price tags, just the simple ‘how to’ instruction — easy and engaging. We don’t want anyone that follows Christ to miss out on what He is doing in such a time as this.

We’ll readily share what we have been shown and ask you to do the same!

Are you in?

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